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NCJ Number: 220544 Find in a Library
Title: Informal Helpers' Responses When Adolescents Tell Them About Dating Violence or Romantic Relationship Problem
Journal: Journal of Adolescence  Volume:30  Issue:5  Dated:October 2007  Pages:853-868
Author(s): Arlene N. Weisz; Richard M. Tolman; Michelle R. Callahan; Daniel G. Saunders; Beverly M. Black
Date Published: October 2007
Page Count: 16
Type: Research (Applied/Empirical)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study examined the responses of informal helpers to adolescents who disclosed dating violence or upsetting but nonviolent experiences in their romantic relationships.
Abstract: Across gender and type of experience, nurturing was the most common response of helpers, but responses differed somewhat depending on the severity of the dating experience. Adolescents who told someone about being victimized by severe dating violence were more likely to receive an avoidance response than those who told about less severe dating violence. These differences shed light on how adolescents and their support groups understand these situations and how prevention programs can target interventions. When adolescents begin dating, they venture into a world where they may not be prepared to respond to romantic relationship problems. Because these relationships have been found to play a significant role in adolescents’ mental health and set the stage for adult relationships, the process of seeking and receiving help for dating problems is important. The importance of helpers’ responses is magnified when violence is among the problems in a romantic relationship, but helpers may be unprepared to respond effectively to severe dating violence. Therefore, this study of 224 midwestern high school students compared helpers’ responses when adolescents sought help about various dating problems, whether they were of a nonviolent nature or involved different levels of violence. Tables, references
Main Term(s): Dating Violence
Index Term(s): Adolescent attitudes; Adolescent females; Adolescent males; Adolescents at risk; Mental health; Psychological evaluation; Self concept
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